The Lunchbox

The Lunchbox – India – 2014 – Comedy/Romance.  “The Lunchbox is the kind of picture that envelopes you like a warm blanket, charming you with its slow-building affection and life-altering curries.” Jess Lomas, Quickflix Middle class housewife Ila hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox… Continue reading The Lunchbox

Cave of the Yellow Dog

Cave of the Yellow Dog – Mongolia – 2005 – Drama/documentary.  Follow the life of a 6-year old Mongolian girl and the dog she adopts in spite of her father’s disapproval. “This is no heart-tugging family drama; rather it’s a contemplative, compassionate portrait of a hardy people. Offered as a borderline documentary, it proceeds in… Continue reading Cave of the Yellow Dog

Story of the Weeping Camel, The

Story of the Weeping Camel – Mongolia/Germany – 2004 – Drama.     “A beautiful little film that hovers somewhere between eye-popping documentary and warm-hearted fable.”-Fresno Bee.   “A beautiful and delicate reminder of the myriad ways in which life is lived on this huge planet of ours.”-Miami Herald.   Springtime in the Gobi Desert.  A family of… Continue reading Story of the Weeping Camel, The

Rashomon

Rashomon – Japan – 1950 – Drama.  “Innovative, experimental and brilliantly constructed, Rashomon is one of world cinema’s truly great works, questioning the notions of truth and morality with its multiple perspective, a film that put Kurosawa and Japanese cinema on the international map.”-Emanuel Levy.    The murder of a man and the rape of… Continue reading Rashomon

Ugetsu

Ugetsu – Japan – 1953 – Drama.  Both Roger Ebert and Martin Scorsese have written that Ugetsu is one of the “greatest of all films.”  Presented in a manner as eerie as it is heartbreaking, this film is a gorgeous supernatural fable about the folly of men with dreams larger than their abilities and their… Continue reading Ugetsu

Shower

Shower – China – 2000 – Comedy/drama.  The New York Times called it “A sweet but serious comedy. Uplifting and witty.”  When successful businessman Da Ming is summoned by his younger brother to come home to his father’s old-style bath house in Beijing, he can’t wait to return to his fast-paced modern life.  But time… Continue reading Shower

Talking with Spirits

Talking with Spirits – Bali – 2011 – Documentary – A strange-but-true journey into the spirit world. See trance dancers possessed by gods. Learn how spirit channels from the unseen world assist healers. Join in the midnight graveyard rituals as high priests bring down the spirits to activate ceremonial masks. A cinematic inspiration with never before… Continue reading Talking with Spirits